Thank you, Leah, for allowing me to muck up–er I mean PARTICIPATE on your blog. This is a perfect opportunity to let everyone in on a little secret I have.
I’m terrified of being formulaic.
Oh, as a romance author, I’m well aware that I have certain lines I have to stay between. I love having a Happily Ever After. I try not to write “formulas”. You know, the one where she’s a possible suspect and he’s law enforcement who falls reluctantly in love. Or when the hero and heroine’s “eyes meet across a crowded room” and it’s “lurrrve” instantly. I wanted to be different. I wanted to write something unique.
But then, I wrote “Marked For Pleasure.”
I’d like to talk to you today about Magic Semen. Yes, that’s right. For three years, I’ve written all sorts of books but I just wasn’t a paranormal writer. No werewolves, no vampires and no cool witches whispered in my ear. I got a female mechanic on a spaceship and male spies with a severe kinky side. The whole “mate/mate” thing passed me by.
Out of nowhere, a woman began to insist on being heard. Rhea was hell bent on killing a man. The fact that the man was the hero of the story didn’t faze her in the least. At first, I wasn’t even sure if she had a good reason for wanting him dead. Pieces of the story implied that Conner was a shady character, a bad boy.
And he has Magic Semen.
After a little while, Conner was able to get a word in edgewise and informed me that he was a Nylar Dominant. Nylar is a planet with a Dominant/submissive society. Men are usually the Dominants with women in political positions of power, yet submissive sexually to their mates. I still haven’t delved into the myriad of cultural oddness that Nylar offers. I do know that you do NOT want to be in the hands of the punishment Mistresses.
But back to the Magic Semen.
Nylar males are able to mark a mate only once. Often, it’s a conscious decision, a deliberate intent to mark the woman the Dominant has chosen as his. In Conner’s case, he marks Rhea to save her from a sexual unknown. Each mark is unique to the male and is created by specific hormones produced. And Walah, I wrote a Mate/Mate book. I promise you, I had no intention of writing it when the story began. I realized I’d written a hero who had magic semen.
The rest of the series is about what happens when the Nylar Dominant breaks out of the insulated world of Nylar. The mate mark has been contained, a safety net for the genetic health of a closed culture. But now, women who have not been raised in the D/s culture are marked. It creates conflict, chaos and great writing fodder.
Still, it’s hard to forget it’s all based on Magic Semen.
“Marked For Pleasure” was a fantastic book to write and combines two of my favorite things–Science Fiction and BDSM. Imagine the kind of responsibility it would be for a man to carry that hormone. What if he marks a woman unintentionally? Is it possible to mark another woman if his first mate dies? What if these men join with a WOMAN who has some hormonal mating process?
The possibilities became endless. I can’t wait to continue to explore. Of course, your journey can start with Rhea and Conner on November 3rd, 2009 at Loose-Id. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
MARKED FOR PLEASURE by Jennifer Leeland
She’s followed him through the remote corners of space.
One of the few survivors of a sickness that claimed her colony, Rhea Tucker blames one man for the death of her family. For two years, she has stalked Conner Mitchum, learning everything she can looking for an opportunity to kill him. To trap him, she becomes a sexual submissive, changes her identity and gets a luxurious suite on The Star of Pleasure.
He is searching for the most elusive murderers in the galaxy
Undercover and searching for a group of killers, Conner is close to his end goal. But a female submissive catches him off guard and he’s forced to save her life as assassins attack him. They plunge into space with enemies at their heels. To protect Rhea, Conner completes his planet’s mating ritual which marks them both and creates a bond he never intended to survive long enough to enjoy.